Why does my traffic record have to be checked to seal or expunge my criminal record?
In order to qualify to have your criminal history record sealed or expunged, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has to review the applicant's record in the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) database. Some criminal traffic offenses, such as DUI, Driving While License Suspended/Canceled/Revoked, or Reckless Driving may only appear in the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) database and not in any database maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Non-criminal traffic offenses, like Careless Driving or speeding tickets, have no impact on a person's elgibility to have their criminal history record sealed or expunged. However, being found guilty (or similar disposition) of any criminal traffic offense will disqualify a person and require that they instead seek a pardon.